Sun Protection Products (SPFs)
There has been a lot of publicity and debate surrounding SPF’s recently, the public must be very confused.
The outdoor sun lotion industry have a hard job on their hands, on the one hand there is a real need for burn protection in the outdoor sun, on the other hand people in the main still desire a tan, and so some level of ultra violet must be allowed through to allow the tanning process.
When selecting a sun lotion, you must balance your desire for a tan with that of your desire for burn protection, if you do not wish any exposure to UV, you cannot go out in the sun, even products that say they are sun blocks will allow some measure of UV penetration, however little this may be.
For information useful for this choice, if you use:-
SPF 15 – 7% of the potentially harmful rays will get through.
SPF 30 – 4% of the potentially harmful rays will get through.
SPF 60 – 2% of the potentially harmful rays will get through.
These small percentages show the importance of using protection in the outdoor sun, and their effectiveness, but you should still be aware that these small levels could still burn if you spend too long in the sun.
See our skin type questionairre section for further guidance.
The lotions highlighted on this site are formulated both for burn protection and for those who wish to nurture a golden suntan.